Monkey Monkey Music Review

So, “What Are The Odds” that you will like the same CD that your toddler will? Pretty good, I’d say, if that CD happens to be “Monkey Monkey Music” from Meredith LeVande.

OK, so, you all know I am a Pre-School teacher, right? (as well as momma to a 3 and 6 year old)
So, can I tell you how much kids music I hear? OK, like, A LOT. And I am sure most of you know that most kid’s music is super, super annoying. And has absolutely no value what-so-ever to the child.
However, Meredith LeVande (who was chosen as one of New York’s best affordable children’s performers by Time Out New York Kids) did a fantastic job at creating music that kids will love, and parents (and teachers!) will too. It is also educational music, which is fantastic. I really prefer that the kids listen to songs with a message, that they can learn from, rather then just noise pumping at them.

(On a personal note- I got to exchanging emails with Meredith, and she is a lovely, sweet, compassionate woman. She truly loves children, and her top priority is connecting with the child on his or her level. Because she loves children, she makes sure that her music is not only pleasing to the ear, but also developmentally appropriate for them. That was not part of the music review, per se. That was for you parents and teachers out there, so you know that she is the “real deal”, because I think you should know. The people who take time out for our kids? They should get a special mention.)

Anytime Costumes Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

It’s almost Halloween! Hooray! That is the hubby’s favorite time of year. Little Man is super, super excited this year- he finally “gets it”, lol….
So, we are starting to pull our decorations out of the attic, and getting our costumes ready….
What’s that? You have no costume? Oh no!
It’s OK, it’s only September! (But you had better move it, they sell out FAST! hehe)
So, just in time to save the day, comes ANYTIME!

They sent Kamikaze a costume, and in true Kamikaze form, what did she choose?
A pretty princess?

A heavenly angel?

Nay nay! She chose NINJA Fighter, in leather. Yes, thank you. She is quite demure, lol.

Hey, I like my girls tough! Let someone tell her a girl can’t- she can karate chop them! Hahaha…
Anytime Costumes had so many great kids costumes, it was really hard to choose.
They have sizes for infant through adults, including plus sizes. They even have a section for group costume ideas- that is really neat. If you want to go as a group, you can just sent the link to all your friends and- easy peasy!
Anytime Costumes was SO easy to order from, and super, super fast! Like, lightning fast.
They actually shipped the same day I ordered. Yeah. For real. It was here in 3 days. 3 DAYS. Yep.
Kamikaze heard the doorbell ring, saw the package- and can you see she was a bit excited?

OOOh, nice face, hubs! LOL….

And here it is! Little was excited, too 🙂
Of course, Miss Kamikaze had to try out her new Ninja wear….Who knows? She may have been called that very eve to protect an empire! She must prepare!

Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil Review

Oh. My. Goodness.
Have you ever tasted something, and just stopped? Like, stopped and stared at the food?
This is insane!?! That kind of good.

We received Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil to review, and it was out of this world. I have never used coconut oil before, so this was a first for me!

My husband is a very, very good cook. Better then I am, if I am being honest. (Who needs that? Haha) And he loves to cook. So, when we received the coconut oil to try, he claimed “dibs” on trying it first.
Apparently, coconut oil is a fairly healthy way to cook. It may be the healthiest oil on earth– you decide!

Excellent, kitchen-tested recipes can be found on the Free Coconut Recipes blog here:

However, the hubs didn’t use the recipe link- even though I told him about it, lol….
but I am not sorry he didn’t! He made AMAZING chicken cutlets.
First, he dipped it in flour, then egg, then 1 part breadcrumb 1 part fresh shredded coconut.

He then fried it in the Virgin Coconut Oil until the chicken was golden brown, and viola!

Then, he crushed pineapple, put in a chile pepper, a little bit of sugar, and fried it in the coconut oil….

And dinner was ready! (Yes, yes, we had broccoli, too- but focus, people, focus! LOOK at that! I want to frame it!)
It was like eating a pina colada!!! First of all, the coconut chicken, all on it’s own- insane. IN-SANE.

Costume Super Center Review :)

September is here, and you know what that means! Yep, soon it will be October, and them you will have armies of costume-clad little minions at your door begging for candy…hehehe.
Stores are already selling costumes and decorations- and they already ran “Nightmare Before Christmas” on TV! Yes indeed, Halloween is fast approaching. You had better get on that costume hunt and candy buying, already!
If you are like me, you want to get the good costumes before they run out- which is usually early October. I’d HATE going out, only to find the costume that my kids want are sold out! I’d feel terrible.
And OOOH, lookie what I found! CostumeSuperCenter! They have every kind of costume, and for babies all the way up to adults. Not just run of the mill stuff you can find at some party store, either- really fun costumes!

The prices are amazing, too.

Magic Cabin Giveaway!

You lucky devils! I have such a fun contest for you!!!
Magic Cabin is doing a giveaway for us here at Have Sippy Will Travel!

Magic Cabin is a fantastic toy company that has the most unique, fun, and educational toys in one place that I have seen in a long time. And so convenient! You can order online, via telephone, or catalog.
You can sign up for their mailing list here
Then you won’t miss a thing!

Do you guys remember my Aviva Wild Water Slide Review? (How awesome was that slide???)
Just in case you forgot- here is a new picture of Little playing on it!

And one from the original post of Kamikaze and Little. This is the coolest water slide ever!Yeah, now you have your interest piqued! Do you want to check out their site yet?

Well, Magic Cabin has offered to do a giveaway for one of my lucky readers!
So without further adieu…..
May I present the Apple House Play Set!

This is such a cute and fun item. Little Man has been in LOVE with it.
It is a fabric apple tree, that unzips to find six adorable forest friends inside!
It is super easy to clean, and to take with you everywhere and anywhere.
Since it arrived here, Little Man has been dragging it everywhere. Here he is at home, as soon as it was opened

and then at school, sharing with friends (these children are ages 2-7)

and then back home to his bed

and back to school, to grandma’s, to the store, to naptime, etc…he has it with him in bed now! He decided to add a plush skunk to the mix, and the other animals did not mind one bit, lol…Here they are, another day at school, sharing with a friend!

Bad Idea T-Shirts

Have you ever had a Bad Idea? Did you ever think, “why, this idea is so epic-ly bad that I must wear it proudly, and proclaim it to all”??? Then you must know all about Bad Idea T-Shirts!

Bad Idea T-Shirts have tons of funny shirts, parody-tees, and a few amusing social commentaries. They have some great reminders of our favorite moments in TV (who can forget that?)

and shirts that let others know your goals for life 😉

or for your physique!

Of course, like all “Bad Ideas”, some I cannot mention here- but that doesn’t mean I don’t think they are amusing! Come on, mommy has to laugh, too! Hehehe…..
Any GOOD “Bad Idea” is sure to offend someone, but you can’t please all the people, all the time, now can you?

Bad Idea T-Shirts are now carrying American Apparel shirts, as well! Just when you thought you couldn’t love them any more, right?

Staring Into the Sun

I was sent this book, Staring Into the Sun, by Joshua Fields, to review.
It is a book of poetry, described by the author as “a celebration of life’s greatest gift- LOVE”.

 Guys, I’m sorry, but I really disliked this book.  Like, a lot.  I felt like I was trapped in some bad coffee shop poetry jam session….all smokey, with a very angry man, trying very hard and thinking he is very cool, shouting his strange words at me….I didn’t feel the love.  I felt a little wierded out, like when you hear a little too much of someone else’s conversation?  and not in a good way?  Like that. 

To me, this seemed like a creative writing assignment gone awry. Written with one line in male, one line in female dialogue alternatively, which was interesting. Written like casual dialogue, with focus on love. A poem-conversation. For me, this didn’t work. It just seemed like random thoughts scribbled. There was no “flow”. 
After the first few poems, I didn’t want to read anymore. As I continued with the book, they got more tedious. They seemed just jumbled thoughts of everyday conversations, chopped from sentence form to fit into the author’s poetic verse. Perhaps the intent was to find amazement and grace in the little things, the daily grind and small conversations. That is laudable. I very much disliked the lack of flow and energy in the book.
It was a light, fast read. 

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400 lb Monkey

Hello, Bloggy Buddies!
This week I am trying something new. I am introducing “Daddy’s Corner”, where, once a week, my husband can talk about some “manly” things that might interest the males in your life. Or, for my male readers- a little more testosterone once in a while on the blogosphere, LOL….
Everything written in “Daddy’s Corner” was written by my Dear Husband, and the opinions are 100% his. I have not even proof read! LOL….
Anyway- I hope you guys like the addition. Let me know what you think! And here ends my writing! ~Samantha

Today I will be reviewing a beer brewed by Left hand brewing company called 400 pound monkey. It is an English India pale ale. A good friend of mine brought it over for a dinner party at my house. He said it looked like something we would like. First of all the label is very eye catching. Lots of illustrated monkeys monkeys, the first thing that pops into my heads was Victory’s golden monkey, a great beer that I enjoyed so much I actually stuck the label on my fridge so I wouldn’t forget it. So my hopes were high for this one. Before I get to tastes I have to say I am not a big fan of the overly hopped American beers that taste like hops and seltzer, luckily for me this beer was not that. It had a good aroma to it nice hoppy smell, not over powering or funky smelling. Upon the first taste it was just hoppy enough. Not too bitter and had notes of grapefruit to it. Very drinkable and would probably be paired will with pizza or something spicy. The alcohol content is 6.7% so after a few you are feeling pretty good, but not sloppy. I was surprised I enjoyed this beer so much. IPA’ s for me are hit or miss and I had high expectations with the monkey logo. Overall I give this beer a B.